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The nationally renowned College of Music offers a comprehensive array of programs in an environment that provides the feel of an exclusive conservatory nestled within a larger university community. Graduate studies at the University of Colorado, College of Music provide students with the flexibility to reach a variety of professional goals in the traditional areas of performance, pedagogy, composition, conducting, music education, musicology, ethnomusicology, and theory, as well as music technology, jazz studies, and world musics ensembles. Students are encouraged to develop skills in marketing and in communicating their musical expertise through activities in the College's innovative Center for Music Entrepreneurship.
The college, with approximately 290 undergraduate and 250 (120 master's and 130 doctoral) graduate students, boasts a ratio of approximately one faculty member for every six students, which enables students to benefit from dynamic, personal interaction with their professors. Graduates of the University of Colorado occupy positions at prestigious universities and in internationally recognized performance venues.
Master of Music (MM)
The major fields for the Master of Music (MM) degree are composition, conducting, theory, performance, and the combined major of performance/pedagogy. Conducting students may concentrate in choral, orchestral, or wind symphony/band areas. Performance and performance/pedagogy majors may concentrate in brass instruments, early keyboard, jazz, piano (piano performance, performance/pedagogy, or collaborative piano), percussion, organ, harpsichord, string instruments (including harp), voice, or woodwind instruments.
Applicants to all master’s programs must:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, in their area of specialty, from an accredited college or university.
- Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75.
- Provide four letters of recommendation.
- The GRE general test is required for the MM program in music theory. The University GRE code is 4841 and the College of Music GRE code is 2404.
Applicants to all doctoral programs must:
- Hold a master's degree in music, or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Musicology applicants may apply directly from undergraduate study.
- Have a grade point average of at least 2.75.
- Provide four letters of recommendation.
- Provide a writing sample (e.g., research paper) that demonstrates ability in critical thinking and argumentation, appropriate research techniques, and cogent use of English.
- Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. The GRE general test is required in the PhD degree programs (musicology and music education) and the MM program in music theory. Applicants to the MMEd program are strongly advised to submit GRE scores, particularly if they desire to be considered for fellowships and assistantships. Students should take this exam in the fall in order to ensure timely receipt of scores. The University GRE code is 4841 and the College of Music GRE code is 2404.
Applicants to all master's and doctoral programs:
Must complete an audition, interview, or some other demonstration of their ability in the major field. If at all possible, a visit to the campus is strongly encouraged - please contact the department directly. However, submission of a high quality recording is acceptable. Applicants in the following areas MUST submit a pre-audition screening recording: Voice (MM and DMA), Flute (MM and DMA), Jazz (MM and DMA), Piano and Collaborative Piano (MM and DMA), Percussion (MM and DMA), Strings (MM and DMA), Choral Conducting (MM and DMA). Some units in the college have specific requirements for auditions.
Otherwise submission of the following is requested:
Composition: approximately three representative scores of original compositions along with recordings. Recordings should be of live music, not synthesized MIDI versions of orchestrations.
Conducting: a personal audition/interview or a video/DVD.
Music education: a personal interview or video/DVD of teaching. Students interested in applying for a music education degree must also submit two essays. Music education applicants who wish to use conducting or a performance medium as a minor must pass an audition in that area.
Musicology and Theory: provide one or two writing samples (Research paper, excerpt from master's thesis, etc.) that demonstrate ability in critical thinking and argumentation, familiarity with relevant scholarly literature, and cogent use of English. Some portion of the writing sample should involve music analysis/criticism and/or should explore historical, aesthetic, or other aspects of music in culture.
Performance or performance/pedagogy degrees: an audition or recording approximately 20 minutes in length that demonstrates an ability to perform in three different style periods. Depending on the applicant's specialty, selections in various media such as chamber music or orchestral repertoire would be appropriate. Additionally, applicants interested in pedagogy should submit examples of research and writing in pedagogy or video demonstrations of teaching.
Performance or performance/pedagogy degrees: an audition or recording approximately 20 minutes in length that demonstrates an ability to perform in three different style periods. Depending on the applicant's specialty, selections in various media such as chamber music or orchestral repertoire would be appropriate. Additionally, applicants interested in pedagogy should submit examples of research and writing in pedagogy or video demonstrations of teaching. All applicants who want to be considered for departmental funding must perform a live audition. Please e-mail email@example.com after completing the application process to schedule an audition. All application materials must be received before the audition date.
Support may be available for both master’s and doctoral students through teaching assistantships, graduate part-time instructorships, fellowships, and/or endowed scholarships.
Spring admission is only permitted for the Music Education program. Deadline-October 1.
University of Colorado Boulder
College of Music
Graduate Program Assistant
Imig Music Building C109
Boulder, CO 80309-0301